Will Smith joins wife in Oscar ceremony boycott over lack of black nominees

Will Smith joins Oscars boycott: Actor backs wife Jada's attack on diversity and says he'll be skipping ceremony too

Will Smith joins wife in Oscar ceremony boycott over lack of black nominees

Will Smith has revealed he will boycott the Oscars next month, joining the growing protest against the lack of black nominees. The actor told US TV show Good Morning America that he was behind his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who announced on Monday she would not attend. Smith, who was overlooked for a best actor nomination for his role in American football drama Concussion, said he wanted to be part of the solution not the problem. But he added that he had to “protect and fight for ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great, so when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty”.

When I see this list and series of nominations that come out, everybody is fantastic and t hat’s the complexity of this issue, everyone is very beautiful and deserving and it’s fantastic, but it feels like it’s going in the wrong direction.

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The Academy Award organisers have been under fire after all 20 nominations for best actor/actress and best supporting actor/actress went to white stars this year. While he is not a contender for a prize, Smith, 47, would have likely been a sought-after presenter in the ceremony on 28 February. But he told GMA there was a “regressive slide towards separatism towards racial and religious disharmony and that’s not the Hollywood I want to leave behind”. Others to condemn the Academy include director Spike Lee and 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen and actress Lupita Nyong'o.

Please do not do the Oscars awards. You mean a lot man, don’t do it. Please.

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Star speaks out: Will Smith sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday to talk about the controversy surrounding this year's Oscars. The 47-year-old star said he won't be attending the ceremony